Cinnamon Snail - Manhattan (Now Closed)

The Cinnamon Snail, Pennsy Food Hall, Manhattan, NYC
A few years ago my girlfriend was diagnosed with a fairly serious egg allergy, which spurned a diligent search around NYC for vegan friendly baked goods. Since there are very few restaurants and eateries that serve food based on an allergy-friendly basis, vegan food seemed like the closest analog that offered what we were looking for. Our search lead us to the dead center of Manhattan, to a little food stall inside the PENNSY food hall (adjacent to Penn Station and MSG) known as The Cinnamon Snail.

The Grub:

I think first it's important to mention that The Cinnamon Snail has more than just vegan baked goods. They also offer a menu of fully vegan lunch/dinner options in short-order fashion - sandwiches or 'samiches' like the Basil Grilled Tofu Banh Mi and the Mushroom Red Quinoa Meatball Sub seem to be quite popular. Also offered is a selection of meatless burgers like the Beastmode Burger Deluxe and Smoked Sage Seitan Burger both of which I haven't tried but have come highly recommended by my vegan friends. This is all well and good, but personally I'd say the real reason to visit are their wide variety of vegan donuts and other pastries. They are absolutely fantastic, end of story. If you think you'll be able to notice the difference between vegan baked goods and conventional, I can allay those fears right now. Some of my favorites I would highly suggest trying include their: cranberry glazed apple cider donut, strawberry glazed donut, traditional glazed donut (either cake or regular), maple glazed donut, the namesake Cinnamon Snail roll, or one of their twists - perhaps the Peanut Butter Chocolate Twist. Bottom line, you really can't go wrong with any of them so take your time and get a half dozen of your favorites - sit down with a coffee outside and get ready to people watch!

My Order:

A bunch of donuts

The Digs:

As mentioned previously, The Cinnamon Snail operates a stall out of the PENNSY Food Hall just outside of Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. They also have a food truck that finds its way around the city so look out for that on social media. The food hall itself is a very large space, but since there are a number of other stalls and the location is in an extremely popular tourist area, expect it to be busy no matter what time of day it is (and count yourself lucky if it isn't). Parking in the area is either non-existent or too expensive to consider for most, so take advantage of the extremely close proximity of public transit.

The Nitty Gritty:

Vegan baked goods done right.

The Cinnamon Snail
(212) 695-7454

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